Brian Bull


Brian Bull joined the KLCC News Team in June 2016.   Over his 21 years in public broadcasting, he's worked at NPR, Twin Cities Public Television, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Wisconsin Public Radio, and ideastream in Cleveland. His reporting has netted dozens of accolades, including three national Edward R. Murrow Awards,  the Ohio Associated Press' Best Reporter Award in 2012, Best Radio Reporter from  the Native American Journalists Association, and more recently the PRNDI/NEFE Award for Excellence in Consumer Finance Reporting.

An enrolled member of the Nez Perce Tribe, Bull has worked with NPR's NextGeneration project geared towards diversifying the ranks of tomorrow's journalists, and has been a guest faculty at the Poynter Institute on covering underrepresented communities.  He's served as chair for Vision Maker Media, which supports authentic programs and documentaries produced by Native Americans.

He's glad to be home in the Pacific Northwest, close to his family, tribe, and the Oregon Coast. If only someone had warned him about the grass seed pollen every spring!  Bull is married and has three children, and three cats. He enjoys photography, hiking, cooking, the visual and performing arts, and the occasional Godzilla movie.

Read how Brian's desire to spur reflection led him to a career in public media.

Brian has worked through the years with NPR on its Next Generation Radio Project, which trains journalists from underrepresented communities to become tomorrow's reporters.  Check out his latest project with Capital Public Radio in Sacramento here:

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The City of Eugene’s latest budget includes more than $280,000 to boost a mobile crisis intervention program that serves the area.

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A traveling exhibit that’s at Lane Community College this week features single-sided earrings.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, the unusual collection represents more than 1100 murdered or missing indigenous women.

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If you visit the University of Oregon this week, you may spot a tree dweller 70 feet off the ground, protesting climate change.

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Oregon Democratic Representative Peter DeFazio is among those blasting President Trump, for tweeting a video that makes a Muslim Congresswoman appear dismissive of the 9-11 attacks.

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The Affordable Care Act and the cost of prescription drugs are the focus of several town hall meetings this week with Congressman Peter DeFazio.

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Recent extreme weather and other factors have caused a blood shortage across the Pacific Northwest.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, demand for donors is high.

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The Native American comedy troupe, The 1491s, is an intertribal group of comedians who have regularly satirized, lampooned, parodied, and teased many aspects of Indian life.  This includes digs at Westward Expansion as well as more contemporary topics, like New Age Shamanism and Hollywood depictions of the First Nations.  Well-established on YouTube, the five members have committed much of their energy recently on their first theatrical production, Between Two Knees, which premiered this past weekend at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF) in Ashland, Oregon.

KLCC's Brian Bull caught up with The 1491s after their final preview performance, and interviewed them about their thoughts on crossing from online comedy to the stage.

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For years, the Native American comedy troupe, The 1491s, have shared their irreverent, raunchy, and provocative humor on YouTube. Now – as KLCC’s Brian Bull reports - they’ve officially shifted from video skits to their first theatrical production here in Oregon.

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A Level 3 Evacuation Notice has been issued for residents living in the Row River and Coast Fork 100-year floodplains.

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A Eugene family visiting Oakridge this weekend is stuck there, after a landslide closed off Highway 58.

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An earthquake preparedness program drew nearly 200 people to South Eugene High School last night. As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, the essentials of surviving a Cascadian event was the focus.

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A funeral procession marched through the University of Oregon today, with members of a graduate employees’ union mourning the expiration of its collective bargaining agreement with the school.

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The USDA says it’s officially ending a controversial experiment that involves kittens. As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, Oregon lawmakers and animal welfare advocates are delighted.

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A campaign to renew the 4J Levy kicked off today in Eugene.  Supporters say it contributes 9 percent of the 4J School District’s budget, which this year comes to $17 million.

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If you’re a landowner troubled by turkeys in the Eugene-Springfield or Corvallis area, state wildlife officials want to hear from you. 

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Oregon has two problems: one, restrictions by China have caused a glut in recyclable materials.  Two, federal restrictions on marijuana sales have caused a massive surplus of weed within the state.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, one startup company says it has a solution.

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Of the 317,000 veterans in Oregon, 3900 are Native American.  Historically, the First Nations have enlisted at higher rates than any other demographic, despite not being recognized as U.S. citizens until 1924. As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, native veterans in Oregon and across the nation are striving for more recognition and support.

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More than 70 years after he served in World War II, a Eugene-area veteran, former spy, and retired English professor has received Congressional recognition.

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For allergy sufferers across the Willamette Valley, the huge winter storm that hit the region last month will provide some reprieve. 


The Eugene Police Department has launched a new Street Crimes Unit, that’ll target routine problem offenders in neighborhoods.

Entry for RTDNA's Kaleidoscope contest, 2019.

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A petition drive is directed at the 4J School District, following presentations by a medical group as part of the district’s sex ed curriculum.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, petitioners want it barred from future presentations.

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Across southern Oregon, more and more utility customers are getting hooked up with power after heavy snowstorms last month caused massive outages.  KLCC’s Brian Bull has this update.

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A new superintendent is coming to the Springfield School District.

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With a so-called “Cascadia event” expected to hit the Pacific Northwest anytime now, earthquake detection and warning systems are more crucial than ever. KLCC’s Brian Bull reports that the University of Oregon has received $400,000 in federal funds to help its efforts.

Inside a campus seismology lab, Leland O’Driscoll runs a simulation on the ShakeAlert program, where an 8.0 magnitude earthquake has hit the Washington coast.


“We see on the screen there’s a yellow circle, emanating out of the earthquake epicenter," explains O'Driscoll.  He's Oregon Seismic Network Manager at the U of O. He says with seconds of advance warning, trains can be halted, emergency generators activated, and people can find shelter.

This is all part of an implementation plan involving seismic stations being developed with the University of Washington and the U.S. Geological Survey. O’Driscoll says they’re about halfway there.

“What that means in terms of station counts, is that we’re looking at about 550 or stations in Oregon and Washington.”

The $400,000 is both continued operational funds, and a one-time capital fund appropriation that’s tied to a $10 million Congressional allocation from last year.

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Last year, we reported the Blockbuster Video store in Bend was the last one remaining in the U.S.  Now the Australian Associated Press reports that with the scheduled closure of that nation’s last store this month, the Bend Blockbuster will be officially the last one on the planet.

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Utility EWEB plans to start 16 projects in April.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, four of them will put underground power lines in Eugene’s South Hills.

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Emergency response crews had their hands full last week, as heavy snowfall caused outages and disrupted traffic and operations throughout the region.

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It’s been a week now since heavy snows buried much of southwest Oregon, in one of the worst storms in the region’s history. 

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City parks and other open spaces across the Eugene-Springfield area remain open for visitors.  However, officials warn people to be wary as heavy winter storm damage can make local parks and trails hazardous.